Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas Tag

Hi everyone!
Happy Holidays!

I was asked by The Crafty Scrapper in Texas to be part of their 12 Tags of Christmas.  The only rule was you needed to use a Mini Etcetera Tag (which is 8" tall).  They are revealing the tags on their Facebook page each day leading up to Christmas!
Follow along and I'll show you how I created mine! (which I LOVE by the way)

As I said, I used a Mini Etcetera tag as the base for the project.  I used Collage Medium to cover the tag with paper from the Christmas Paper Stash.  A few pieces of ephemera from the Christmas pack were added before I painted on a thin coat of Collage Medium over the entire surface to seal.  Once dry (I used a heat tool) I scribbled Walnut Stain Crayon over the ephemera and rubbed it with my damp fingertip to spread out the crayon.
Then I pounced a damp wet wipe over the top to create a more random vintage look.
I used Grit-Paste and the Falling Stars Mini stencil (found in set #38) to add stars to the background.  Because I sealed the paper with Collage Medium in the beginning, I was easily able to wipe away stars that were not perfect or in the right place.
Remember to wash your stencil right away or at least drop it into a tray of water till you can get to it.
While they were still wet, I sprayed the stars with Spray Stain so they were not as white.
I wanted to use the wonderful Collage Paper for the feature in the center of the tag.   I love the design of this paper with the holly and the beautiful red bow.  I think you can turn it any direction and the design works!
To use the Collage Paper, paint a nice coat of Collage Medium over the surface of a Vignette Panel (when I say "nice", I mean you should be able to see the white of the glue).  As I have said here before, the trick to using CP is getting enough glue under it so it go sheer when you add the CM over it.  Wait for it to dry and then use a sander to remove the excess paper.
Once dry, I used a palette knife to add Ranger Opaque Texture Paste.  I like to leave it to dry for at least an hour if not more.
 I used two Ranger products to age the Crackle.  First I sprayed it with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and let it soak in for a bit, then padded off the excess.  Second, I scribbled crayon over parts of the surface and rubbed it in with my finger.
The ink and crayon works like magic over the Collage Paper and the wood of the Vignette Panel in the background.
Adhere thin foam pads to the back of the Vignette Panel and add to the Mini Etcetera Tag.
Now for the focal point, I colored a Ruler piece with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, sprayed it with water and patted it dry.  Once dry, I wiped Collage Medium over the surface to make the ink bloom (trust me on this). Dry with a heat tool then use pliers to break off each end of the Ruler Piece.
Color the word with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon and add it to the ruler with thick red craft string. I did add 1/2 of a foam square on the back of the Story Stick once I tied the bow.
This little guy is one of my favorites from the Paper Doll pack.  He is going to be perfect for an idea I have.  First a little Crayon for his cheeks (you know it's cold outside).  
I used a knife to cut right along his hand.
As you can see I have also colored a Mini Tree with Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stain, removed the base and given it a haircut so it lays flat.  I also added a bit of fine mica flakes.
Once the paper doll was cut, I slipped the wire of the tree into the slit and hot glued into place.  My gosh, it's a perfect fit!  I love when a random idea works.
Now one last thing...did you know that there are Christmas Milk Caps in our Milk Caps pack?  Well there are!  I aged it by sanding and inking the surface. I added another thin foam square to the back as well as a metal star that I covered in real German glass glitter.  I mean, every once in a while you have to use some glass glitter!
An here it is with all the pieces added!  The little boy is just so perfect for this piece.  One of the reasons I love Paper Dolls is finding the perfect setting!  This is an easy project with some fun techniques so I hope you give it a try.

now carry on,


  1. The tag is magnificent, Paula, but the thing I love about your blog posts are the wonderful tips and techniques you share so freely, the step by step instructions, and the encouragement that we could all make magnificent tags like you! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year of creativity!

  2. Oh I really like this! The little boy holding the tree is my favorite part. TFS Paula!

  3. This is such a treat Paula! I adore the milk cap and glass glittered star atop. Your boy with tree is fantastic! Always enjoy an awesome tutorial and yours typically fit the bill! Merry Christmas xx

  4. You worked your paper doll magic too ! #paperdollQueen

  5. So beautiful!! That's it.... I need to go hunt down some etcetera tags!!!!

  6. Merry Merry Christmas Paula! I think this was one of Tim's best Christmas releases. Loved everything. Thanks as always for sharing, So much inspiration this time around.

  7. Such a beautiful tag Paula - from the gorgeous check background to the pink cheeks of the boy - and then the little tree... really wonderful! I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday season. x

  8. Love that you love it, as do I!!! Where to start because I love every bit... The trimmed tree, the crackled wood panel, the rosy cheeks, the tip for the ruler... Oh my!!! Gorgeous vintage feeling Christmas project... Nostalgic yet original.

  9. Wow it is amazing, fabulous background, love all the crackle and vintage feel

  10. I feel all the magic of the season in this tag. It's really terrific!

  11. So beautiful and your tutorial is awesome! Thank you for sharing!